Last night (29 June), 160 Whatsonstage.com theatregoers descended upon the abandoned Eurostar terminal at Waterloo Station for a captivating performance of the Olivier Award-winning production, The Railway Children, based on Edith Nesbitt's 1906 classic novel.

The story, told from the reminiscent perspective of three children- Roberta, Phyllis and Peter, follows their social decline from affluent London to rural Yorkshire after their father is called away from home under mysterious circumstances.They are forced to adapt to an unfamiliar lifestyle,but are soon mesmerized by the nearby Railway Station, a focal point of pride for the village community, where they encounter eccentric Station Manager Mr Perks, played brilliantly by comedian Marcus Brigstocke.

The show, written by Mike Kenny and directed by Damian Cruden, exceeded expectations from our diverse audience, ranging from elder to younger. Afterwards, Whatsonstage.com members were lucky enough to meet with the actors who played the three children; Amy Noble (Roberta), Grace Rowe (Phyllis), and Tim Lewis (Peter). Other cast and creatives also joined our members for a post-show drink and chat including Pandora Clifford and David Baron, as well as Staff Director Neale Birch. Everyone shared their enthusiasm about being involved with such an innovative project, as well as signing programmes for some of our young audience, who still appeared to be hypnotised by the spectacle they had just witnessed.

Feedback from our adult members was also complimentary, with many people full of excitement and nostalgia about the revival of the timeless classic adapted in such a thoughtful way.

With glowing reviews from critics, satisfied audience members and proud cast members, The Railway Children looks set to be an enduring success.

Please do feel free to email your comments and thoughts about the play, as well as any photos you have of the event and the evening through to feedback@whatsonstage.com, we love to hear from you.

Thanks for joining us for this event, and do check the homepage to keep up to date on all of our upcoming Outings.

-Caitlin Robertson